Licensing and Certification

Public Health Law requires any person acting as a manufacturer, distributor, importer, exporter, institutional dispenser or institutional dispenser limited of controlled substances, or conducting research, instructional activities or chemical analysis with controlled substances in New York State to obtain a license from the Department of Health. The Bureau of Narcotic enforcement also registers other entities for controlled substance activities; such as the Expanded Syringe Access Program (ESAP), Certificate of Need (CON) to Possess Hypodermic Syringes and Needles, and Euthanasia Activities of Animals.

Controlled Substance License

Please Note: The requirement to prescribe a controlled substance in New York State is the appropriate practitioner license and a DEA registration. There is not a separate state controlled substance license needed for practitioners in New York State.

Animal Euthanasia Activities

Certificate of Need (CON) to Possess Hypodermic Syringes and Needles

Section 80.133 of the Part 80 Rules and Regulations on Controlled Substances in New York State outlines the Department of Health's Certificate of Need process, which is intended to authorize educational institutions and persons engaged in commercial, industrial or agricultural activities to possess hypodermic needles and syringes.

In 2007, the Public Health Law was amended to exempt farmers engaged in livestock production or persons supplying farmers engaged in livestock production from the requirements for sale or furnishing of needles and syringes. Individuals who meet this criteria are not required to hold a Certificate of Need from the Department of Health in order to purchase hypodermic syringes and needles in New York State.

Expanded Syringe Access Demonstration Program (ESAP)